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Neighbourhood Policing Newsletter - March

Alert message sent 14/03/2017 14:40:00

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‘You said we did’/ Priorities
Rural Crime: The Rural Crime team continue to be out and about around the more rural locations helping to combat crimes against farms and premises in isolated locations. The team are proactive in the reduction of theft, criminal damage and hare coursing/poaching.  We would like to encourage people to call and report any incidents of criminal damage, anti-social behaviour or hare coursing.

On the 28th Feb and 1st March Wantage and Faringdon Neighbourhood teams worked alongside officers from Wiltshire, Carterton and Lambourne on an overnight operation to tackle rural crime. Landowners, Farmers and local Gamekeepers were used as spotters who had direct access to officers and so any suspicious activity can be quickly checked. Spotters saw a lamp in a field near to Compton. A vehicle made off and with assistance from the police helicopter three males were arrested and a vehicle and dog were seized.

Under aged Drinking: During February we continued with dedicated officers on patrol covering Wantage and Grove each evening. We also ran another alcohol test purchasing operation along with our licencing department and two 15 year olds who attempted to buy alcohol. All licenced premises in Wantage were visited and 2 of them sold alcohol and received fixed penalty notices. If you are a parent and have concerns regarding your children drinking and would like further help or advice please contact us or the Wantage Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) which can be accessed via the Police, King Alfred’s School or VOWH District Council. More information about the (CAP) can be found at

Anti-social behaviour (ASB): Since Christmas when we started to see a fall in the number of anti-social behaviour it has remained around the same. The main issues were are facing at the moment is with kids messing around on the numerous building sites around Wantage and Grove. Although they are not causing any damage they are climbing scaffolding and it usually is while it is dark. Building sites are very dangerous and contain many items such as nails, loose materials and also some sections of scaffolding may not have been completed yet and not fully secured properly. Anyone found on sites without permission will have their parents/carers spoken to and also will be placed on an acceptable behaviour contract with us to keep them out of any building site.

New Mobile Phone Legislation
On 1st March the penalty for using a mobile phone while driving increased to a £200 fine and six penalty points. If you have had your licence for less than two years you are only allowed six points before a ban.

Offenders Brought to Justice 
A 32 year old male and a 30 year old female from Stockham Park received a caution for possession of Cannabis.

Contact us
If you want any advice or would like to contact the neighbourhood team you can call us on the police non-emergency number 101 or if it is an emergency then dial 999. You can also contact us via email Please note this email address cannot be used to contact Thames Valley Police to report crimes or for any urgent matters. To view information on your neighbourhood team visit the Thames Valley Police website at: Receive free local crime alerts and crime prevention advice by registering at today. This allows anyone who signs up to choose what updates they receive and how they would like to receive it. The Thames Valley Police Twitter account is kept up to date with what we are up to; please follow us @TVPSouthandVale  

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Julia Williams (Police, Neighbourhood Policing Admin, South Oxon and Vale)

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